A U.S. navy helicopter participating in Exercise Obangame Express 2018 will be landing at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia on March 24. Exercise Obangame Express 2018, which is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime security, and information-sharing practices to enhance the collective capabilities of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.
According to a release, the exercise is taking place March 21-29 in multiple areas at sea and ashore. At-sea operations will be conducted throughout the Gulf of Guinea.
Thirty-one nations are scheduled to participate in this year’s exercise including Angola, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, France, Gabon, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Morocco, Namibia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, Republic of Congo, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, Togo, Turkey and the United States, as well as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS).